Program: "Lost But Not Forgotten: The Thanhouser Studio" with Ned Thanhouser

7:00 pm Wednesday, September 10, 2014
ISITE Design Office, 2030 NW Pettygrove, Portland, OR

Film history has forgotten the pioneering productions created by the Thanhouser studio that operated in New Rochelle, New York during the birth of cinema in America. From 1910 to 1917 the Thanhouser studio produced and released more than 1,000 films, of which some 220 have survived. Reconstructing the history of his grandfather’s studio and the stories behind key executives, actors, technicians, directors, and the films they made has been Ned Thanhouser’s focus for more than 25 years. He will share these stories, as well as the challenges posed by decades of changing video technology and the surprising results of making the films available for free online.


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